With the time and financial investment put into purchasing and preparing a home spa for use, it’s important spa owners enjoy their purchase for as long as possible. When it comes to the longevity of a spa, quality and care are two main factors.
Spas made with high-quality materials can withstand more wear and tear, resulting in a longer lifespan. Spas made with cheaper materials are more likely to need components replaced in a shorter time frame and not last as long. At Canadian Home Leisure, we are proud to provide top-quality home spas, so our customers can enjoy their investment for years to come!
When considering purchasing a hot tub, it’s important to recognize that maintenance will be a part of the process. Performing maintenance at regular intervals helps avert residue build-up that causes various components of your hot tub to wear-down faster. One example of routine maintenance is draining of your spa. This should be done three to four times a year.
Having the appropriate accessories and equipment is also crucial for optimal spa health. For instance, a spa cover not only prevents debris from entering your hot tub but it helps keep in the heat. In colder temperatures, this prevents your spa heater from having to work twice as hard to keep your spa hot. Without the cover, the heater could easily burn out and need to be replaced.
Another important aspect of hot tub care is changing the filters. This not only helps keep your water clear and bacteria-free, but it stops your filtration system from becoming clogged with contaminants, which forces your pump to work harder.
If you combine a well-built home spa with proper maintenance, you can easily enjoy your spa for 15 to 20 years.
For many of us, our main floor is a space dedicated to being as functional as possible to meet our daily needs. From preparing meals in the kitchen to the dining that is taken over by studying or a parent trying to get work done. These are just some of the reasons why the basement can be an ideal space for fun and entertainment.
Make Good Use of the Square Footage
Although we would all love to fill our basement with our favourite games, space restrictions don’t always make such desires feasible. When considering which gaming tables to include in your basement, think about whether or not they will fit the space. Bringing in tables that are too big for the space can make your basement feel smaller and crowded. Use your space wisely!
You will want approximately three to five feet of space between your gaming table and the surrounding walls.
Lighting is Key
When it comes to your games room, don’t overlook lighting. This feature plays a big role in how you and any guests may have over, will enjoy the gaming experience.
Making use of different types of lighting can also be an effective way to achieve the desired result. For instance, placing a billiard or shuttle board table under task lighting (brighter more direct lighting) and then having ambient lighting used throughout the rest of the space can be a great way to draw attention to the desired areas and provide quality lighting for games.
Incorporate Suitable Furniture
With any entertaining area, choosing the right furniture is also of utmost importance. Choosing pieces that are multi-purposed by nature can be highly effective. At Canadian Home Leisure we offer game room furniture, such as table and chair sets, that serve as a great place to enjoy a meal or drinks and just as easily allow for you to enjoy a poker game with family and friends!
With the fall season on the horizon, are you preparing to move your entertaining in doors? With shorter, colder days, fall weather isn’t as appealing as summer for enjoying your backyard entertaining space. So, how will you store your patio furniture until next summer to prevent it from getting damaged and worn out?
Give Your Furniture a Thorough Cleaning!
How to Best Clean Your Cushions
If your cushions consist of covers that can be unzipped, take them off and put them through the washing machine to remove any dirt they may have accumulated over the summer season.
Consider Adequate Storage
Storing your furniture throughout the offseason is optimal to avoid surfaces being damaged, colour fading and the development of mold and bacteria. Some storage options available for your furniture are:
- Place in a Shed: A shed or some other form of outdoor shelter is a great way of protecting your furniture from harsh weather and keeping it safe and clean until next summer season.
- Utilize a cover: If you do not have a shed or storage space to accommodate your patio furniture, a cover can be an effective option. Covers can effectively protect your furniture from harsh weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can cause fading of colour.
- Bring all Cushions Indoors: Although the main furniture pieces can be stored outdoors, ensure that you remove any cushions and covers that come with the pieces and store them indoors. You will appreciate not having your patio cushions torn or damaged by outdoor critters or developing an unpleasant smell due to outdoor odours getting trapped in the cloth.
For all of you planning on covering up the barbecue, come end of the summer, you are missing out on all that the fall season has to offer your barbecuing experience. Cooler temperatures make standing over a flaming grill a much more pleasant experience and fall comes with a variety of seasonal foods that can be delicious when prepared on the barbecue. As the summer begins to wrap up, here are some of the barbecuing trends we can look forward to enjoying in the fall season.
With a change in seasons comes a change in family dishes and foods offered at social gatherings. Many popular fall dishes can benefit from the smoky flavours that a barbecue adds. For example, thanksgiving is a major fall holiday and is often associated with grand meals. Take a different spin on your thanksgiving dishes by taking to the barbecue instead of the oven. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, cabbage and cauliflower, can be grilled on the barbecue. Grilling your vegetables helps remove much of the mess often experienced with roasting them and has even more flavour. Before sticking your veggies on the grill, they can be lathered in olive oil, salt and pepper or other seasonings of your choice, for additional flavouring.
Incorporate Your Favourites
Regardless of the season, there are some foods that just don’t go out of style. Use this fall to try family favourites on the barbecue. For instance, homemade pizza takes on a new taste when done on the grill. Toppings can even be grilled separately before being added to the bread.
Even pies can be cooked on the barbecue. A grill thermometer helps keep an even temperature to ensure your barbecue maintains a consistent temperature as your pie is readied.
A home spa has a plethora of uses, from hydrotherapy, social gathering for friends and family or a place to relax and unwind after work. Regardless of the reason that drove you to invest in a hot tub, here are accessories that will help you enjoy your home spa to the fullest.
Whether it’s a soothing tune to help you unwind after a long day at work or a lively, upbeat song to keep the party going, adding audio to your hot tub allows you to enjoy a relaxing soak and your favourite song all at once.
One great way to incorporate music in your hot tub is with floating waterproof speakers. You can connect to them with your tablet or smartphone to enjoy your favourite tunes! Check out this Guide to Buying Wireless Speakers to ensure you’re making the best decision for you.
Games can be a fun way to pass the time for both adults and kids alike. So, next time your hot tub is opened for use, consider implementing these games into your spa time.
It’s important to note, children under 12 should avoid hot tub use, as it is easy for them to become overheated and potentially pass out in the hot temperatures; however, the temperature of your hot tub can be lowered to make it more suitable for children.
Enhance your hot tub experience with fragrances. Spa salts offer a variety of fragrances that can be added to your water, so you can enjoy a pleasant aroma the next time you go for a dip!
A spa cover is an essential accessory piece to proper spa care. A cover prevents dirt, debris and even animals from entering your tub, when it’s not in use. A quality spa cover prevents bacteria growth, lower energy costs and acts as a safety measure for young children and pets. Without the cover, children and animals could potentially fall into the hot tub and become seriously injured.
A hot tub is more than just a relaxing place to soak. With a clear vision and design, it can be the focal point of your backyard and center of outdoor entertainment. To successfully integrate a hot tub into your backyard design, consider the following points.
In many scenarios, backyard hot tubs are in view of surrounding neighbours. When determining your hot tub’s location in your backyard, privacy is something you want to consider.
For example, if your hot tub will be on a deck, privacy screens can be incorporated into your deck’s design to conceal your hot tub from prying eyes. Another way to obscure your hot tub from surrounding homes could be placing it under a structure like a gazebo or pergola.
Provide a Strong Base
Hot tubs are extremely heavy, so when determining where your hot tub will rest, ensure it’s a strong, stable surface. Concrete bases are often recommended as they are sturdy, can handle water and, if installed correctly, won’t shift with time.
Incorporate Natural Elements
Surrounding your hot tub with plants is a great way to add a natural feel. Taller shrubs and trees can also be an effective way of obscuring your hot tub from other’s view.
When choosing any type of foliage for your backyard, make sure to consider the climate in which you live. Evergreen trees can make a great option as they stay green year around, which allows you to reap their privacy and aesthetic benefits throughout the entire year.
To realize your vision for your outdoor space, proper research is required. Here at Canadian Home Leisure, we make that research process easier by providing you with a wide-variety of top-quality outdoor furniture.
Problems with Your Pump
Proper filtration is essential to maintaining clean, clear spa water. So, if your water is losing clarity, you may need to increase the run-time of your pump to increase the filtration of the water. It’s also important to check for potential failures in your pumps functionality. If the pump’s impeller is broken or clogged, which can be caused by leaves or hair getting trapped in it, the filtration and movement of your hot tub’s water will be greatly impeded if not stopped entirely.
Low Levels of Spa Sanitizer
If your spa has low levels of sanitizer such as bromine and chlorine, this could allow for bacteria to accumulate faster than they are being neutralized by the sanitizer. Accurate sanitizer levels should destroy bacteria that can cause cloudy water.
Accumulation of Lotions, Cosmetics and Hair Products
Body products are a common culprit of hot tub contamination. If all users of the hot tub don’t shower prior to entering the tub, any oils and creams on your skin will enter your hot tub water and compromise its overall cleanliness.
Ensuring all hot tub users shower before entering the pool is a great way to cut down the amount of chemicals entering your hot tub.
High Calcium Hardness or Total Alkalinity
High calcium levels can prevent chemicals from properly breaking down in your hot tub. This can result in cloudy water. Also, check the pH levels to see if any balancing is required to maintain the appropriate chemical levels in your hot tub.
If you have explored the potential causes for cloudy water discussed above and the issue has still not been remedied, it may be time to consider draining and cleaning your hot tub.
Sunrooms can be a great addition to a home. These structures increase your home’s functionality, provide a good view of your outdoor space and connect your interior and exterior space together beautifully. The potential uses of these versatile spaces are mainly limited by your imagination. Here are four creative ways to make use of a sunroom.
Hot Tub Room
After a stressful day at work, enjoying a relaxing soak in your hot tub is a well-earned reward. A sunroom enables you to enjoy your hot tub and take in the surrounding views of Mother Nature, minus the bugs and potentially bad weather (i.e., wind, rain, snow etc.). Certain weather situations that would prevent you from using your backyard hot tub, are no longer an issue with this feature.
If you are planning on putting your hot tub in a sunroom, make sure to consider space, plumbing and ventilation requirements.
Play Area for Kids
A sunroom can also make a great play space for children. Many homes are not child-proof and have objects that could either be broken by kids or cause them bodily harm. Turning your sunroom into a designated play area, provides a part of the house that is safer for them to play in.
Space Dedicated to Relaxation
Whether it’s work or family, life comes with many responsibilities. Having a place you can go to escape and get time to yourself is important to living a balanced lifestyle and staying stress-free.
A sunroom can make the perfect place to carry out your favourite hobby or past-time or engage in other calming activities, such as yoga.
A sunroom can even make a nice peaceful room for parents interested in homeschooling their kids. And as kids get older, the space once dedicated to being a play room can easily be transformed into a great study space, to complete homework.
Outdoor patio furniture is a great way to add character to your backyard and make the space more functional for entertaining friends and family. So how do you choose the best patio furniture for your home?
Start by Brainstorming
Brainstorming is a necessary starting point as it enables you to create a vision for your outdoor space. For example, will outdoor cooking and eating be the main focus of this space? If this is the case, an outdoor dining table with an umbrella or gazebo for shade would be very important. However, if your vision is a space to enjoy evening cocktails with friends and family, an outdoor table may be unnecessary.
Storage is a key feature in optimizing your furniture’s lifespan. Storing away your furniture when it’s not in use prevents damage from harsh weather. Here are some of the ways the weather can damage your outdoor furniture:
- Over time the sun’s rays can cause the colour to fade on outdoor couch cushions or paint on table or chairs to fade;
- With wooden furniture, storage prevents damage from the sun and the rain, which causes discolouration, fading and the stripping of paint.
- Wood exposed to heat over a long-time can become warped and lose its original shape.
Be Colour Conscious
Picking functional furniture pieces is very important; however, the colour of the furniture adds feeling and character to your backyard. Colour is a great way to express your personality.
Invest in Quality
Although poorer quality will allow you to purchase outdoor furniture at a cheaper price, the products are more likely to break down faster. Investing in higher-quality products ensures you have products that won’t break down or lose their colouring with proper treatment.
If you are looking to upgrade your outdoor space or design one from scratch, keep these tips in mind to pick out the ideal furniture. Here at Canadian Home Leisure we offer some of the best-quality products on the market!
Time in the hot tub can be a fun activity; however, you must be very careful when allowing your kids access to this environment. Before your child gets into the hot tub, here’s what you need to know.
Children five years and under should not be allowed in a hot tub. In this age range, kids are too small, which puts them at greater risk of drowning and overheating from the hot temperatures. It is advised that children be at least 12 years old before they use hot tubs.
Risks of Hot Tub Use
It’s important to remember that hot tubs pose risks even for kids who are old enough to use them if the correct measures aren’t in place. Keep an eye out for these issues if your child will be in the hot tub:
- High temperatures can cause drowsiness or unconsciousness in the water;
- A raised body temperature can result in heat stroke and potentially death;
- The warm water of a spa can increase the chances for ear infections in kids.
If you will have children using your hot tub, have spa rules in place to ensure safe use. Appropriate spa rules for child use would be:
- Lower time in spa: Kids should only be allowed in hot tubs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Taking breaks from the warm water helps minimize the chances of experiencing any of the undesired symptoms discussed above.
- Keep the hot tub covered when not being used: An uncovered hot tub can give a small child unwanted entry. Avoid dangerous situations and keep your tub covered!
- Supervise the children at all times: If there are children in your hot tub, then there should be an adult out there supervising. Supervision helps prevent any horse play that could result in injury and monitor the length of time spent in the hot tub.
Spa covers are imperative to preserving the integrity of your spa. From safety to hygiene, a good cover helps keep your spa in good working order.
Prevents Bacteria Growth
Without a cover, your hot tub is exposed to a variety of different sources of bacteria. For example, yard debris, insects and even rain water will have access to the water and potentially compromise your hot tubs cleanliness.
Provides Protection from the Sun
Extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause slow deterioration to your hot tubs acrylic shell, which will shorten its lifespan. A cover protects your backyard investment from those harmful rays and lengthens the life of the hot tub in the process.
Acts as a Critical Safety Measure
If you have young children or pets, such as dogs or cats, a cover is a crucial safety precaution. Although not as large as a swimming pool, a hot tub is still deep enough for a child or pet to drown. Keeping your hot tub covered whenever it’s not in use is critical to avoid a potentially devastating situation.
Saves on Energy Costs
Covers also prevent drastic temperature fluctuation in your hot tub. Without the cover, heat escapes from the water much easier, which means much more energy is required to keep the water at a consistent temperature. Not only will this raise your energy bill but it forces your spa heater to work overtime to heat your water. This can cause unnecessary wear on your heater components, resulting in them having to be replaced sooner.
If your hot tub’s cover isn’t in good working order or you don’t even have one, here are some of the top reasons to invest in one. Take care of your investment so you can enjoy it for years to come!
Why is My Water Becoming Foamy?
Body oils and cosmetic residue form a foamy solution when mixed with the alkalinity of spa water. This foam promotes the development of microorganisms in your spa water. If this is a current issue you’re facing, immediate action is important as your spa’s sanitation could be compromised.
How to Combat Foam in the Pool?
Here are guidelines for proper interaction with your hot tub, which will prevent the development of foam in the first place; however, if this issue has already appeared here’s how to resolve it.
- Shower Prior to Soaking in Your Hot Tub: This is a great way to remove dirt and chemicals that you carry with you into the hot tub.
- Avoid Bringing Drinks into the Hot Tub: Keeping drinks away from the hot tub prevents spills, which if left untreated will result in foamy spa water.
- Wash Your Bathing Suit: Make sure to wash your bathing suit in fresh water prior to entering the spa. This helps remove any bacteria and chemicals that you could be carrying into the spa with you.
- Don’t Submerse Yourself: Our hair has natural oils on it and many of us use hair products in addition to that. Avoid submersing your head underwater and keep your hair tied-up. This stops those oils from contaminating your spa water.
- Maintain It Regularly: Draining and cleaning your hot tub every three to four months helps control the accumulation of chemicals and bacteria in your spa. If there is already a development of foam in your spa, draining and cleaning it is your best bet at restoring your water to its original condition.
- Utilize an Anti-Foam Chemical: Anti-foam chemicals are used to avert the development of foam in the water or break-down foam that has already developed.
Don’t let foamy water diminish your home spa experience this summer. Incorporate this advice to keep your water crystal clear!